Rated 5 out of 5 by BuckeyeHillbilly A Rare Occurrence
It's very rare these days to purchase an item that turns out to be better than you expected, but that's what this watch has turned out to be. I've had this watch for two weeks now, and every time I glance at my wrist to see the time, I find myself thinking how pleased I am with this timepiece. It's simply excellent: simple, elegant, and very high quality. I could not be more pleased with it.
July 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by TexasLarry Hard to beat
I've had this watch about 5 weeks now, so I can review it with some experience. This watch is pretty hard to beat if you want a good basic watch that is super-easy to see in the dark or daylight. It is a perfect size for me, and I'm a pretty big guy. I have had overly large watches and invariably I wham them on a door facing or the like. This watch is unobtrusive, which is just what you want in a field watch. Mine has been keeping super time. Very close to the atomic clock. There have been some reviewers that didn't like the strap due to it being stiff. If you take some time to break it in, it is really comfortable. Good leather is like that, and I think this is a good quality strap. I now have the watch on a nylon Zulu strap, which fits it very well. I would have liked the lug width on the watch to have been 20mm instead of it's 18mm, but that's a small matter.
The one complaint I have on the watch concerns the visibility of the numbers on the dial in the dark. It wouldn't have taken much for LLBean to have put some luminova on the numbers so they could be charged up by light, and you would have been able to see them in the dark. One of the photos shows the numbers being "lit up", but it is not valid. The numbers on this watch are just painted on with non-luminous paint. Maybe on the next iteration of this watch.
Overall, a great watch and a good value. Other watches with tritium tubes run much higher than this little jewel.
June 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by LLBeanMaineHiker Smart and Comfortable
I was not sure how bright this watch would be; I was concerned it might be too bright in the dark, but it is just bright enough to be read easily. I am pleased with the size and comfort and quality. The only criticism I now have is the size of the date window. It is hard to read the number indicating the date.
June 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by teacher2257 Mostly good news about this excellent watch
I love LL Bean field watches. They are high-quality swiss-made watches but amazingly affordable - most name-brand swiss-made watches cost $500-750 and up.
I like that Bean field watches don't include complicated features like alarms, stop-watch timers, chronographs and extra mini dials. I just want a water-resistant watch that keeps perfect time, looks great, and will last for many years.
You can't go wrong with a LL Bean field watch. The only question is: which model(s) should you buy?
I have this self-illuminated model and one other (the vintage field watch with the white face, brown band, and larger diameter). I love both of them.
This self-illuminating model is nearly identical to the non-self-illuminating black men's field watch, but costs $110 more ($239 vs. $129). Is the self-illumination feature worth an extra $110?
For most people, I don't think so. The feature works, though it's not as bright as shown in the picture here. But it's definitely easier to read this watch in the dark than the non self-illuminating models.
But I don't think it's worth paying an extra $110. If I could go back, I'd probably buy the non self-illuminating model.
But even at $239, you're getting a real swiss-made watch, a high-quality time piece that looks great and will last many years.
I've been buying from LL Bean for 30 years. Everything they sell is built to last. Read through the other reviews here - the very few people who had problems contacted Bean customer service and were more than satisfied with the resolution of their issues.
June 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by FLoutdoors Favorite watch
I have had this watch for years now and it is my all time favorite. Accurate, waterproof, good battery life and the best night visibility of any watch I have ever owned. A few years ago it was slowing which a battery switch didn't fix. I returned it and promptly received the repaired watch back with a note that the hands were rubbing. Has been fine since. Great watch with the great LL Bean back up.
June 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nowabeaner Great watch for the price. Accurate & durable.
This is a great watch for the price. I had to replace one just like it because I broke my last one trying to fix what a jewelry shop did when they changed the battery. It is a very accurate watch that has been banged and dropped numerous times. The face is extremely bright at night. Considering the fact that the band is leather, it is very durable. My last band lasted 8 years and is still on my old watch that I plan to repair.
April 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by plantpro night bright
I really like this watch just the right size for me not too big but easy to read dial and date. Super bright at night. I just wish the band was offered in other colors.
April 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by lbhumphrey Satisfied plus
Bought the women's field watch for my wife several years ago; she wears it daily. I purchased the self illuminating model a few weeks ago and am pleased, too. It's simple and straightforward and accurate. The face is inset somewhat, so the thickness is a bit more than expected but is not cumbersome in any way. The strap is high quality Italian leather, a bit stiff initially but very comfortable and good looking. The illumination pushes up the price for this model, which may or may not be worth it for some. I don't begrudge LLBean a fair profit for a very excellent product, though.
March 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by BuddyP66 Exactly the kind of watch I was looking for!
I have been an LL Bean shopper for years but had never looked at its watches. After searching many stores for the watch I was looking for, I finally checked LL Bean and found exactly what I was looking for! This watch is not bulkly and has easy to see numbers and lights up incredibly in the dark. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a practical and sharp looking watch!!
February 25, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Fido11 Watch great, .band, not so good.
Watch very accurate and what I was looking for. Band should be better quality.
February 14, 2015